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"There Should Be More Girl Bands" Vix Perks 2022


We've Got a Fuzzbox, and We're Gonna Use It! (often shortened to Fuzzbox) was an all-female British rock band formed in 1985. The band members were Vix (Vickie Perks) on vocals, Maggie Dunne on guitar, Jo Dunne on bass guitar and vocals, and Tina O'Neill on drums.

Fuzzbox emerged during the mid-1980s amid the UK's thriving indie scene. The band's sound was characterized by its use of heavy distortion and feedback, as well as its infectious pop melodies and quirky, irreverent lyrics. They were heavily influenced by punk rock and new wave, as well as by girl groups of the 1960s.

The band's first release was the single "XX Sex" in 1986, which garnered attention from both the indie press and the mainstream media. This was followed by the single "Rules and Regulations" and their debut album, "Bostin' Steve Austin," both released in 1986.

Fuzzbox's popularity continued to grow throughout 1987, with the release of the singles "Love Is the Slug" and "Pink Sunshine," both charted in the UK top 40. They also gained notoriety for their eccentric fashion sense, often involving brightly coloured clothing, big hair, and oversized accessories.

In 1989, the band released their second album, "Big Bang!" which saw them moving towards a more polished, pop-oriented sound. However, the album was not as successful as its debut, and the band dissolved soon after.

Despite their short career, Fuzzbox had a significant impact on the UK indie scene of the 1980s, and their influence can be heard in the work of many contemporary artists. Today, they are remembered as one of the most unique and original bands of the era, and their music continues to be enjoyed by fans worldwide.



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